Someone Moved

Saturday, May 28, 2011

So Ane moved to another company. It was not easy to make a decision especially that he served the previous employer for almost seven years. There was an attempt to make him stay which made it even more difficult for him but in the end, he chose the one that is more sustainable versus something that is both unsure and temporary. I will (probably) share more about it in my main blog later on.

He started in the new workplace on May 16 and things are doing pretty good, I guess. He was told he need not get  cash advance from somewhere else as he will receive his first salary by the next payroll. Our HMO cards were also made available the after he started. I was surprised and relieved that we got our cards right away because it means I do not have to get paranoid about getting sick while outside coverage.

He is not yet fully settled but I am sure he’s getting there.

McDonald’s Memory TVC

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Going over my Facebook feeds, I stumbled upon this new McDonald’s “telly” (I have to use that term, family inside joke, LOL) commercial featuring 3 elderly guys:


This commercial made me smile. The lolos are up-to-date that they don’t seem to need the best creatine supplement yet. They are young at heart and techie enough to know that there are new iPad apps available in the store, haha. The last line takes the cake, ‘Sino ka nga? (Who are you again?')

State of the Post Office

Is snail mail really dying? How come the Quezon City Central Post Office building is left in its sorry state? So sad.

Quezon City Central Post Office

I can just imagine how charming this building was back in the days but that is lost now. The ceilings are about to give in and grime have accumulated through the years. We went there in March to ask about Ane’s shipment from HK (been almost two months already!) but since we have not received the notice then, we had to go through the books;

Quezon City Central Post Office Books 

Yes, we had to browse each page manually! I suddenly appreciated Ctrl-F when there’s no Ctrl-F to make it easier for us. I asked the lady whether there are plans to computerize the system but she said that is unlikely. Maybe the government has others more pressing concerns than bringing back the glory of the postal office eh?

Pregnancy Worries

Within my circle of friends, there are those who just gave birth, giving birth soon, in the early stages of pregnancy and finally those who are and are planning to get pregnant soon. Just imagine how a lot of pregnancy worries afloat around us almost always and I guess we have a very strong support system, enough to ease those worries. The recent topic we had was about a Topamax birth defect lawsuit (filed for a client by the attorneys from O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath – Personal Injury Lawyers – 808 West Avenue, Austin, TX. 78701 – 512-494-9949). Being vigilant about these things, we researched what it is about. Apparently the drug named Topamax was found to have caused birth defects, particularly cleft and lip palate, on newborns when their moms took it while pregnant. This pill is an anticonvulsant and is said to treat epileptic seizures, and even to prevent migraine attacks. At least now we all know the risks involved in this drug and we’d rather take the pain than worry about the unborn child’s health.

Facebook Detox

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I am not sure is I already shared it here but I went on an FB hiatus for about a month in April. I had issues with what I usually see there so I thought I’d limit myself and save me from insanity (OA?! LOL!). Anyway, I went back about a week after Holy Week and noticed that I’ve changed. When before, I just *needed* to check every status update and album of my contacts that I was logged in most of the day, now I just check whenever I can. And like what Mae suggested, I would only login when I am done with my tasks or when I am not too busy and have nothing better to do. Plus it does not matter anymore when I am not able to check all updates that sometimes I just browse whatever’s on the first page. Talk about not having withdrawal symptoms eh?

And guess what? I feel better now that I am not too attached to FB.

Coolest Marriage Proposal Ever!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Watch this! Ane’s proposal was both sweet and cute too, but I think Matt is the sweetest and most creative guy ever! Ginny, you already !


I have also seen other creative proposals but this definitely takes the cake. I love the girl’s reaction and I love that everything is captured on video. Spread the love!

New Health Cards

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just last week, I was kind of worried that we already surrendered our health cards to the old company (only just a few days early before resignation, though) and we had no idea when the new company will issue new ones. I thought, we can’t get sick anytime before the cards arrive (not that we have gotten too sick in the last few years :p  nor have the need to get disability application. I’m just being plain paranoid!)

But one day after Ane started with the new company, he texted me that our cards were handed to him already. Wow that was fast, I am so impressed! I wasn’t done yet with worrying and the cards’ arrival cut the emo moment short, LOL! Schweet! :)

Park in the City

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Last week, we went with Ane to Makati. While he fixed some employment papers, K and I explored the park that is in Ayala Triangle. Yes there is a park in the heart of the Makati Central Business District :)

Ayala Triangle


 Ayala Triangle

Kudos to the Ayala management for opening this area to the public and making it beautiful. I was working here in the early 2000’s  and I remember this area to be a little jungle rather than a park. Love, love, love!

Weekend Sale Alerts

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thanks to Mich for sharing these sale alerts. I thought of sharing it too of course:

Eastwood May Sale

Glorietta May Sale  Robinsons May Sale

These are really tempting to look at, eh? But just imagine how busy the roads will be leading to these malls, this weekend! I posted these announcements thinking that I can both inform you guys where to get good deals AND inform you which malls to avoid (for crowd-phobic ones like me, LOL!)

Birth Defect caused by a Drug

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I am not sure if you already heard it but a huge amount of money have been put at stake after a drug manufacturer plead guilty for false advertising in 2009. After studies, it was revealed that a Topamax birth defect may occur when pregnant mothers ingest the drug with generic name Topiragen. This is said to ease the pain of migraine but may cause cleft/lip palate on unborn children. If you are a parent or know anyone who is possible a victim of this drug, you have a fair chance to be claim for damages. Maybe you should discuss this with your lawyers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shiver Split!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Arnold and Maria

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and an author & former journalist for NBC Maria Shiver have announced on Monday that that they have split. In a joint statement, the estranged couple said that, “This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us…After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.” They met in 1977 during a tennis tournament and got married in 1986. Their 25-year union bore four children.

Such sad new to hear.

School Update

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The logistics for RSI are settled, well at least the permits side of it. The building is on its finishing touches but classrooms are already available in case the building gets delayed. The teaching staff started to meet daily since early May. The number of enrollees surprised us because we have more enrollees than the other schools around the town when they were still just starting. Right not we are more focused on the would be needs of the students. We have canvassed for top netbooks but decided that desktop PCs are more practical especially that kids will handle them mostly.

Building a school is not easy and I am expecting some birth pains when we finally open for the new school year. Wish us luck!

Starbucks Happy Hour Fail

Friday, May 06, 2011

We did not have any other day to grab some Frappuccino but today. Who would not want half the price drinks, anyway? The promo is only for a week, from 12nn-2pm, and will end on Sunday. Even if we’re free this weekend, I did not want to go because for sure, lines will be extra long by then.

We were running late so we decided to drop by the nearest branch before going to the mall. There were no parking slots left outside Morato Branch so Ane stayed outside in the car while K and I go inside the store. It was 145pm.

The guard, even before we were able to step in told me that a cut-off has already been enforced and that they will not accommodate me with discounts anymore. I said “But I am here before 2pm!” He just shrugged and said that the line is still long.

FAIL. I did not want lose energy arguing anymore so we just left. It’s a bummer that the supposed cut-off is not published in their ads, even in the fine-print.


Starbucks Happy Hour 2011

Surprise Package for Her

Thursday, May 05, 2011

A guy friend asked me for suggestions for a Mother’s Day gift for his wife. Of course I cannot say here who he is because I am not sure if the wifey reads my blog, LOL! Anyway, I helped him find the perfect gift and we decided we could have one of these gift baskets for her delivered to their house:

Vanilla Orchid Spa Basket

Superior Passport to Asia Spa Basket Set  Mediterranean Sun Bath & Body Spa Basket

I told my friend any of these would be nice since all mom’s would love to relax a bit and pamper herself.

Kei’s “Satellite”

Monday, May 02, 2011

I was reading about animal cuts and somehow, I remember that I have not shared Keisuke's recent accessory (he's out of it now though):

keisuke keisuke

We brought him to the vet for his scheduled shots and summer haircut. He came home with his accessory. The doctor found a wound on his tail so this “satellite dish” kept him from scratching his tail so the wound would heal faster. He was a bit crankier with this around the neck, which explains the second picture. I was calling him so I could take his picture but he turned his back and snubbed me!

He’s fine now and back to his old less cranky self LOL!